Toyota GB has decided to replace the two-litre diesel engine in its Verso, seven seat, compact MPV with the new 1.6-litre BMW engine that will also be branded D-4D like its in-house precedessor.

The engine arrives early next year in a revised UK range that also adds a new Trend trim grade.

UK spec 1.6 diesels will have a Toyota six-speed manual transmission with stop-start technology, a first for the Verso range.

Under a supply contract agreed about two years ago, the 1.6-litre diesel - which BMW uses in its own 1-series and Mini lines - replaces the two-litre D-4D engine, offering higher efficiency and a 20kg weight saving. Maximum power is 110bhp (82kW) at 4,00rpm and peak torque is 270Nm, generated from 1,750 to 2,250rpm. Nought to 62mph acceleration is despatched in 12.7 seconds and top speed is 115mph.

The two-litre diesel remains on sale in some other European markets for the Turkish assembled Verso.

Fuel economy is 8% better than the 2.0 D-4D unit, with 62.8mpg combined cycle consumption. CO2 emissions are lower by 10g/km at 119g/km.